Palliative Care

What Is Palliative Care ?

Cancer and its treatment often cause problems called side effects. While treating the cancer is important, so is relieving side effects and symptoms. In fact, treatment of cancer and its side effects often happen at the same time. This is called palliative care or supportive care.

Palliative care is the active total care of patients and their family at a time when the disease is no more responsive to curative treatment. Palliative care is focused on relieving the serious health related suffering that is associated with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions or the end of life. This is done through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.

Palliative care is an important part of your cancer care, along with cancer treatment. This is to slow, stop, or cure the cancer. Palliative care can improve the quality of life of cancer patients and help them feel more satisfied with the cancer treatment that they receive.

Palliative Involves The Following

  • Providing active total care
  • Provides relief from pain and other symptoms
  • Affirms life, regards dying as a normal process
  • Intends neither to hasten or postpone death.
  • Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care

When To Start Palliative Care ?

Palliative care can be started as soon as the cancer diagnosis is made and continue to receive this type of care throughout the cancer treatment and recovery. For example, cancer survivors who have ongoing or new symptoms or side effects after treatment is completed also may receive Palliative care.

Where Can You Find Palliative Care ?

The first person to talk to for knowing more about this is your treating oncologist. Depending on your cancer type, stage and your concerns, the best approach will be suggested for your case.

An important part of palliative care is talking about your diagnosis, treatment, and needs. These conversations help everyone understand what you want and expect from your treatments and overall care. Palliative care works best when you, your family, and your health care team work together.

Areas Where Palliative Care Can Help

  • Medication
  • Nutritional changes
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Emotional and spiritual support
  • Support for children or family caregivers

The Four Corners Of Palliative Care Include The Following

First Corner : A doctor and nurse practitioner, who cover medical issues.

Second Corner: A social worker, who handles the familial, practical, and sociological aspects of a patient’s life.

Third Corner: A specialist or psychologist, who covers a patient’s emotional and psychological needs.

Fourth Corner: A chaplain and spiritual care advisor, who explores meaning and purpose, assesses spiritual needs, and asks if the patient has a faith community or support team in place.

  • You matter because you are you
  • You matter to the last moment of your life
  • And we will do all that we can
  • Not only to help you die peacefully
  • But to “live” until you die’
  • Dame Cicely Saunders